This year, we were pleased to include our colleagues from Peoria and Rockford both as participants and as judges. Over 249 posters were submitted, which is a new high for this event.

Congratulations and thank you to all who participated, and a special thanks to the judges whose efforts once again were essential to the success of the event.

The winners are:

Medical Student Category

  • Gold Medal honors: Julia May (Dermatology)
  • Silver Medal honors (tie): Dominick Martinico (Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics)
  • Silver Medal honors (tie): Sam Jiang (Orthopaedics)
  • Honorable Mention: Claire Larkin (Medicine)
  • Honorable Mention: Andrea Ohk (Bioengineering)
  • Honorable Mention: Maria Valle Coto (Medical Education)

Graduate, MD-PhD, and Other Combined degree students Category

  • Gold Medal honors: Anna Di Staulo (Pharmacology)
  • Silver Medal honors: Tanner Roach (Physiology and Biophysics)
  • Honorable Mention: Cody Justice (Emergency Medicine)
  • Honorable Mention: Daniel Principe (Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics)
  • Honorable Mention: David Gong (Bioengineering)

Postdoctoral Fellows and Residents Category

  • Gold Medal honors: Carolina Battistini (Medicine)
  • Silver Medal honors: Sreeparna Chakraborty (Pharmacology)
  • Honorable Mention: Amanda Knepper (Pediatrics)
  • Honorable Mention: Jeffrey Schappi (Physiology and Biophysics)
  • Honorable Mention: Eleonora Gatta (Psychiatry)
  • Honorable Mention: Sivareddy Challa (Pharmacology – Peoria)

Research Assistant Professors and Scientific Staff Category

  • Gold Medal honors: Ismihan Uddin (Medicine/Endocrinology)
  • Silver Medal honors (tie): Margaret Starr (Psychiatry)
  • Silver Medal honors (tie): Yongchao Mou (Biomedical Sciences, Rockford)
  • Honorable Mention: Skylar Grimsley (Pharmacology)
  • Honorable Mention: Eilidh O’Brien (Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics)
  • Honorable Mention: Pavitra Kotini-Shah (Emergency Medicine)


  • Gold Medal Honors: Tara Cruise (Psychiatry – Research Associate 1)
  • Silver Medal Honors: Ali Almousawi (Anatomy and Cell Biology – undergraduate)
  • Honorable Mention: Annette Diaz (Medicine – undergraduate)
  • Honorable Mention: Josh Pasaye (Psychiatry – Research Associate 1)
  • Honorable Mention: Anniek van Aarem (Pediatrics – undergraduate)